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UAPD Retiree Chapter Elects New Officers

December 19, 2013

UAPD retired members at the union’s annual meeting in October elected Dr. Joyce Sutton as President of the UAPD’s retired members’ chapter.  Dr. Carol Smith was elected Vice-President of the Chapter.  Dr. Danilo Lucila was voted Secretary and former UAPD Executive Director Gary Robinson was elected Treasurer.

The union’s retired members’ chapter allows UAPD members to remain active in the union after they retire.  Members of the chapter continue to get up to date information from UAPD about the activities of the doctors’ union and the status of the CalPERS, UC, and county pension systems.  Union retirees are eligible to attend UAPD meetings and the union’s free continuing education seminars.

If you or any of your colleagues are planning on retiring from your positions, contact the UAPD Oakland office to receive a UAPD retiree membership form.  The dues are only $6 per month.  If you work for the state or a county that belongs to CalPERS, retiree dues can be paid by payroll deduction.   If your pension is not through CalPERS, you will be able to pay UAPD retiree dues by credit card or by check.

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Register for the UAPD Triennial Convention

July 26, 2012

All union members are invited to the UAPD Triennial Convention and 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco on November 2-3, 2012.

To attend, send back the registration form that has been mailed to your home or REGISTER ONLINE HERE.  Exact event times are listed on both registration forms.

All events are free for UAPD members.  Members are responsible for paying their own hotel and transportation costs, though UAPD will cover those costs for stewards, bargaining team members, board members, and elected delegates.  If you have a question about whether you qualify, contact your labor representative.
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UAPD Turns Forty

April 18, 2012

April 18th: An Earthshaking Date in SF

People in San Francisco recently remembered April 18th as the anniversary of the Great 1906 Earthquake. But an important aftershock occurred in SF on this date in 1972, exactly 40 years ago…the UAPD was born. Dr. Sanford Marcus, a local surgeon supported by 250 private physicians and dentists signed the Charter of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. This excerpted mission statement rings truer than ever today   “…to enable doctors to give of themselves, unhindered by extraneous forces, for the welfare of their patients…” Dr. Marcus was angry at the way doctors were “pushed off the pedestal” and manipulated by hospitals and insurance companies.

As health care has evolved into a $3 trillion enterprise these forces have become more complex and ubiquitous. Pharmaceutical and durable companies, ancillary competitors, EHR and telehealth technologies, managed care administrators and execs all seek their share of the pie. The cornerstone of our profession , the doctor- patient relationship, has been compromised. The largest force of all is Government. Regulations, forms, oversight, healthcare lobbies and class action suits. And importantly for UAPD, Government as our Employer.

UAPD has had its share of successes over the decades fighting for our members. In 1975 we orchestrated the Anesthesiologists’ strike which led to MICRA reform. In the 1980s we formed SEPA and established collective bargaining  for State employees. We stood alone and stood down Governor Pete Wilson in his attempt to destroy unions and collective bargaining. In 1997 under President Weinmann we affiliated with our influential parent union, AFSCME. We formed our own Private IPA. We showed great resolve in regaining our LA County unit after they were discriminated against. Our détente with the prison receivers resulted in great salary increases for our members. Our coalition with other unions has exposed the safety problems of DMH. We continue to organize other California counties and nonprofit clinics. Our efforts to grow now extend into Oregon and Arizona. In numbers there is strength.

And yes, there have been bumps in the road.  The Terminator. Furloughs and layoffs.  Hospital closures.  Adverse publicity. Professional jealousy.  Increasing workloads. But none of these tarnish your sacrifice and dedication to society and your colleagues, the wisdom,vision and courage that you all possess in doing your difficult and noble jobs as doctors. Doctors with the foresight to belong to UAPD, still great after 40 years.

In Solidarity,

Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

10-22-11 Statewide Membership Meetings and Free CME

August 19, 2011

All UAPD members are encouraged to attend the 2011 UAPD Statewide Membership Meeting Weekend, which will take place October 22 – 23 at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles (MAP).

UAPD Members can register online HERE.

Download the UAPD Membership Meeting Weekend Schedule of Events (PDF).

Not a member?  Call 1-800-622-0909 for a membership application and meeting registration form.

Highlights of the weekend include:

Breakfast with California Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan, a UAPD member, on Saturday morning.

Free CME On Saturday morning, the UAPD Continuing Education Program continues with a free, four (4) credit CE/CME entitled “Forensic Medicine for Practicing Clinicians.”   In this class, nationally known forensic expert Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D, the current Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, M.D., Judy Melinek, M.D., who is a practicing board-certified forensic pathologist in San Francisco, and others will be speaking to us about their fascinating specialty.   All have insights that can benefit those of us who practice medicine.  DOWNLOAD CME FLYER. Read more …

CalPERS Saw Double-Digit Gains in 2010

March 22, 2011

Reprinted from CalPERSresponds.com | January 26, 2011

CalPERS earned a 12.5 percent net return on investments for the 2010 calendar year. The solid net returns mark the second straight calendar year of double-digit gains for the nation’s largest public pension fund. Total fund assets closed 2010 at $225.7 billion. CalPERS assets have gained more than $65 billion since the fund’s low point in March 2009, at $160 billion.

The gains reflect a repositioning of CalPERS portfolio to take full advantage of the overall gains in the market last year. CalPERS private equity program – the Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Program – was the biggest gainer among asset classes in 2010, with a 21.5 percent overall return. CalPERS Global Equity investments returned 14.6 percent last year, with domestic stocks gaining 17.3 percent and international stocks returning 12.8 percent. Both portfolios beat their benchmarks.

Other CalPERS asset classes also saw strong returns last year:

  • Global Fixed Income, up 11.6 percent, beating its benchmark by nearly 3 percentage points.
  • Inflation Linked Asset Class, which includes infrastructure, commodities, inflation-linked bonds and forestland, up 7.8 percent. That topped its benchmark by more than 2 percentage points.
  • Though the real estate portfolio saw an overall decline of 5 percent in 2010, the drop was the smallest since the beginning of the financial crisis. The reported returns also lag the year-end results by one quarter.

CalPERS thinks long term and has earned a 7.9 percent return over the last 20 years, beating it’s assumption of 7.75 percent needed to pay benefits.

CalPERS Always on Track

November 30, 2010

The UAPD Retirees’ chapter held a meeting in San Diego on October 23rd.  The retirees discussed the exaggerated and untruthful attacks on the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) being made by Meg Whitman and other Republican candidates for office this year. 

Whitman and others have tried to portray the plan as unsustainable and as a drain on taxpayer resources.  The truth is that CalPERS has sufficient assets to pay the pensions of current and future public employee retirees covered by the plan.

CalPERS looks at the long term when making investments.  It expects a return on investment over a twenty year time period to be 7.75%. Plan trustees recently reported that CalPERS return on investment over the last 20 years is 7.65%, just slightly below the target rate.  In other words, the awful stock market performance of recent years was offset by strong years in the past.

Another report from CalPERS said that only 15% of the fund’s assets were contributed by public employees and 22% from public employer contributions–an amazing 63% of CalPERS assets came from the return on its investments.  This, too, gives lie to Whitman’s claim that public pensions are a burden on taxpayers.

Equally impressive is how quickly CalPERS is recovering from the latest recession, having substantially increased its assets since the depths of the stock market crash in March 2009.  CalPERS currently holds $220.1billion in assets, up some $40 billion in the last eighteen months.  The pension fund reported a 13.3% return on investments for the year ending June 30, 2010.

Finally, CalPERS staff has estimated that the pension concessions made by state employee unions in 2010 negotiations, which apply only to newly hired employees, will save CalPERS some $70 billion over the next 30 to 50 years.

All this is good news for pension holders.   The numbers show that CalPERS has always been financially secure; the job of the unions is to make it politically secure as well.

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Lawsuit: DSS Consultants’ Bonuses & Retirement

September 13, 2010

With the help of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD), a retired member who had worked for the State’s Department of Social Services (DSS) filed a claim with CalPERS seeking to have a higher pension payment based on the bonuses he received while working for DSS.

UAPD attorneys sought to pursue this issue on behalf of all DSS physician retirees, and while CalPERS staff originally agreed to this group treatment, a CalPERS attorney later said she would not allow it, but instead each affected physician would have to sign a claim in order to be considered for a pension increase.

UAPD attorneys will continue to pursue this claim on behalf of 1) UAPD retiree members who 2) complete and return a claim form designed by UAPD attorneys.
UAPD has reached out to all retired DSS doctors, including those who are  no longer members of the union, to invite them to renew their UAPD membership and become part of the claim.   To become a retiree member of the union, a doctor must sign and return the special retiree membership application.  The application authorizes the union to deduct the $6/month retiree dues from the member’s CalPERS payment.

At the same time that they return their membership application, DSS doctors have been asked to send back a completed claim form.  UAPD will forward all claims to CalPERS, and will pay the legal expenses for its attorneys to present evidence at a hearing that covers all such claims.  UAPD will provide regular updates about the progress of the case.
Of course, DSS doctors can instead elect to represent themselves on this issue or hire another attorney at their own expense to represent them.  But it makes more sense for all retirees to become members of UAPD, and pursue this and other issues with the power of that group behind them.

UAPD Retiree Chapter Chartered, Officers Elected

October 15, 2009

One highlight of the 2009 Triennial Convention was the chartering of the new UAPD Retiree Chapter. On the day before the convention, a group of retired doctors met to elect officers and adopt a constitution for the new union. They also heard from Steve Regenstrief of the AFSCME Retired Members Department, who described the national retiree program and the successes of local chapters. On the day of the convention, UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey asked the first set of officers to sign the charter marking the birth of the new Retiree Chapter. Read more …

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